We’ve launched a forum, it’s to provide a little light relief during these crazy times…But, it can be used for anything you like…

Job posts, post your playlists, links to good podcasts or give us your latest conspiracy theories re Corona..etc

Give it a go, we aren’t going to spam you with emails, but the sign up needs your email to prevent a ton of spammers (is that a word?) joining…and so you can set up a password…


COVID-19 What you should know… and what to dismiss

COVID-19 What you should know… and what to dismiss by ScienceTechReviews

With so much information flying round right now, its good to get clear pointers from good sources, y’know?

Cheers to K.Nicholas for the heads up

Original Article here

by Jesica Levingston Mac Leod, PhD.

After reading and listening to a lot of COVID-19′ hoaxes that friends have shared with me over the last few weeks, which broke my little virologist heart, I realized that it is not their fault believing fake information, but ours, as scientists for not correctly educating the public on this topics. Therefore, I hope this post helps to clarify and to educate the public about COVID-19.

First, let me tell you what a virus is, and what it is not… They are not bacteria, they are obligate intracellular parasites, as they need to infect a cell to reproduce. A virus requires the cellular machinery in order to reproduce, therefore, if you leave a viral particle isolated it won’t multiply, and at some point depending on the type of membrane that covers/protects the genetic material, it will “die”. Viruses are made of genetic material (in this case RNA ribonucleic acid), lipids (a type of fats that helps to keep the membrane structure) and proteins, some binding the RNA, protecting it, some for replication and regulation of the hosts’ immune system and some in the viral membrane. The viral particles are quite sensitive to the environment, soap can destabilize/destroy the external membrane of the virus and therefore “kill it”. I use quotation marks because there is a huge philosophical dilemma about calling viruses “living entities” or not and if you can kill them but destroying their structure. Contrary, bacteria can reproduce by themselves as they have the whole machinery to function independently of eucaryotic cells (human cells are eukaryotic cells) and have a way more sophisticated metabolism than the viruses

Can kids catch COVID-19?
Yes, people of all ages can be infected by COVID-19. A Chinese retrospective study showed that Covid-19 occurred in children, causing moderate-to-severe respiratory illness.

What do we know about the COVID-19 structure?
The whole virus has been sequenced, given that scientists have worked 24/7 to get this done, so we have the Wuhan seafood market pneumonia virus isolate Wuhan-Hu-1 complete genome is now available to compare with other viruses and follow up on anti-viral research. Similar viruses, members of the coronavirus family have been studied by virologists since approx 1970s.

What can you do to avoid being infected by COVID-19?
– Limit interaction with other people, avoid crowded places and gatherings.
– wash your hands, at least 20 seconds of old school soap and water washing are enough, hand sanitizer is good too, just be aware that it contains alcohol that can dry the skin
– Avoid touching your face, yes the virus can enter through holes other than your mouth and/or nose
– Use a mask if you are sick or taking care of a sick person (mostly for the placebo effect)
– If you have a deficit of vitamins, a multivitamin pill might help (again mostly for the placebo effect)
– Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.
– Be kind and have compassion: treat others as you would like to be treated, and take care of yourself as you would for a person you love.

What are the symptoms?

This is a tricky one because of the wide spectrum of symptoms recorded so far… most of the patients start with cold-like symptoms (fever, dry cough and difficulty breathing) and then it goes to a more intense phase of joint and muscle pain, sore throat, sneezing, congestion, and even pneumonia. The virus infects the lower respiratory tract and causes severe pneumonia (approx 10% of cases) and mortality in 3-5% of cases, mainly among the elderly and/or people affected by other diseases. One article that analyzed thousands of patients’ records, reported that the main clinical symptoms of COVID-19 patients were fever (88.5%), cough (68.6%), myalgia or fatigue (35.8%), expectoration (28.2%), dyspnea (21.9%). Minor symptoms include headache or dizziness: (12.1%) diarrhea (4.8%), nausea, and vomiting (3.9%).

What does testing mean?
The main test consists of detecting the viral genetic material using a very sensitive technique called reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). They will take a nasal and/or mouth swap to collect some fluid that is then sent to the laboratory and it takes approx. 4 h to get a result. An Argentinian group developed a faster test based on CRISPR, it takes only 60 min to get a result, but it still under development.

How long does COVID survive on surfaces?
According to the latest research, still under review. it depends on the surface: the viable virus was detected up to three hours in the air, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel.

How long is the incubation period?
Guess what? it depends on your immune system and viral charge you got… generally around 4-6 days. A review of the Chinese clinical data reported an average incubation period of COVID‐19 is around 6.4 days, ranges from 0‐24 days. So travel restrictions to and from high-risk areas and/or 14 days quarantine of travelers coming from high-risk areas are recommended to prevent possible importation of COVID-19. This is why it is so important to stay home even if you don’t have symptoms, at least for 14 days after you were in contact with a COVID-19 patient.

Is there a vaccine?
Not yet, and other vaccines don’t work because the COVID-19 proteins won’t be recognised by the antibodies that your body generated based on previous vaccines. The development of a safe and approved vaccine will take at least 2 more years.

Is there a treatment?
There are no specific treatments to date, but again, it depends on the severity of the symptoms and if by the “treatment” you mean just keeping the patient hydrated… Overall, no, there are no antivirals available yet and no, a big NO to antibiotic usage as they do not work, they only work for bacteria, and as we stated before viruses are not bacteria. Some vitamins, like Vitamin A have been shown to be important to maintain a healthy immune system in animal models, BTW, the Asian population has a general deficit of Vitamin A due to their diet. Importantly, you can get these vitamins from fruits and vegetables, and it seems they only work if you have a constant intake before you get infected.
Several drugs such as chloroquine, arbidol, remdesivir, and favipiravir are currently undergoing clinical studies to test their efficacy and safety in the treatment of COVID-19 in China.

How to boost your immune system for real?
A healthy lifestyle!
– Sleep at least 7 h every night
– Eat healthy (a plant-based low-calorie diet is ideal… but you know, life is too short eat dessert first)
– Exercise (from a walk to HIIT or dancing, get your heart rate up)
– Drink plenty of water (the 2 liters per day is under debate, but aim for 1.5 liters at least)
– Avoid stress, I know easy to say difficult to do. Breathing exercises and meditation can help.
– Be aware that viruses and bacteria are everywhere, including inside of you, and not all are bad.

Can you be re-infected?
We don’t know. Probably not, based on previous knowledge on coronaviruses behavior, if the virus doesn’t increase its mutation rate. There is one report of a potential re-infection in China and another one in Japan.

What wouldn’t work?

– Probiotics intake during the infection, they showed very low activity.
– Vitamin C intake during the infection, it is not a shield!
– The 10 secs breathing test, is not a real thing!
– Ensuring your mouth and throat are moist and humidity myth… eh, nope. Although drinking water is always recommended, this claim is false. While staying hydrated by drinking water is important for overall health, it does not prevent coronavirus infection.
– Cold weather and snow CANNOT kill COVID.
– Taking a hot bath does not prevent the COVID infection.
– There is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the new coronavirus. Though, it is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties

– Antibiotics are for bacteria, not viruses!
-So far, it can’t be transmitted by cooked food

Is COVID-19 airborne?

Initially, COVID-19 was considered not airborne, because it can’t be transmitted just by air but it needs large respiratory droplets. However, preliminary research (as it hasn’t been peer-reviewed yet) reported the detection of COVID-19 up to 3 hours after aerosolization and can infect cells throughout that time period.

Please be kind and show compassion to others at all times! Big kudos to the scientist, doctors, nurses, and volunteers working 24/7 to treat patients, produce vaccines, tests, and treatments ASAP. Please help the ones in need and in risk groups during the lockdown. To paraphrase Brandon Sanderson: “the original plan for this article was to be short. It ends up being quite long. Ah well. That just happens sometimes. (Particularly when you are me)”

If you have any questions please post them in the comments and I will try to answer them ASAP.
Some ideas about what do to at home: read (you can get free books from the library, amazon, google and other websites), take an online course, learn a new language, cook, play board games and/or video games, workout, call your friends and family, meditate, try an online tour…

 An electron microscope image of a coronavirus. Photograph: AP

Thanks Dr. Ilse Daehn for the edits.

Recommended links:
Avril, Tom. “Coronavirus has shut down schools and events. Here’s why that helps, short- and long-term.” Philadelphia Inquirer. 8 Mar 2020.

“Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases.” Center for Systems Science and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University. Accessed 27 Jan 2020.

“Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) | Situation Report – 51.” World Health Organization. 11 Mar 2020.

Johnson, Krys. Assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, Temple University. Email to 12 Mar 2020.

“Report of the WHO-China Joint Mission on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).” World Health Organization. 20 Feb 2020.

“Steps to Prevent Illness.” U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed 12 Mar 2020.

Weinberg, Abigail. “There’s a Facebook Coronavirus Post Going Viral Claiming to be From Stanford. Don’t Believe It.” Mother Jones. 11 Mar 2020.

“WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 – 11 March 2020.” World Health Organization. 11 Mar 2020.

“WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the Mission briefing on COVID-19 – 12 March 2020.” World Health Organization. 12 Mar 2020.

World Health Organization Western Pacific (@WHOWPRO). “Q: Does drinking water alleviates a sore throat, does this also protect against 2019-nCoV infection? A: While staying hydrated by drinking water is important for overall health, it does not prevent coronavirus infection.”… #COVID19 #KnowtheFacts.” Twitter. 26 Feb 2020.

Music Venue Trust – Open Letter to Boris Johnson

See below the letter MVT have penned to our ‘PM’ – asking for reallocation of ring fenced funds to be distributed to those hit hardest in the grassroots sector


An Open Letter to Boris Johnson, Prime Minister, United Kingdom

Cancel the Festival of Britain 2022. Save Britain’s Grassroots Culture.     

17 March 2020

Dear Mr Johnson,

We need you to act immediately to legally enforce the temporary closure of Grassroots Music Venues. If you do not act to do so, your government will be responsible for the permanent closure and loss of hundreds of these vital and vibrant parts of our communities in every corner of the United Kingdom.

We are writing to you on behalf of the 661 members of the Music Venues Alliance, a network of Grassroots Music Venues right across the UK. Everyone reading this letter will know one of these spaces, will have houses full of the music made by the artists who started their careers in them. They are the cornerstone of our identity as the world’s leading musical innovators, vital to our £5.2 billion music industry and essential to the culture and social interaction of our communities.

Following your press statement yesterday that the public should avoid pubs, clubs and theatres, this entire network is faced with ruin and permanent closure. In the specific case of these venues, the cause of that closure will not be the Coronavirus. It will be because the government chose to ignore all the advice it received and chose not to act.

In your statement, you told the public to enact social distancing, to avoid places where social interaction takes place. Places like Grassroots Music Venues.

Music Venue Trust does not have access to epidemiologists or contagion control specialists. If this is the advice of informed public health officials then we believe it to be the best advice and our network, like everyone else, will want to support it and play their part. Throughout this crisis this is what the members of the Music Venues Alliance have done; follow the public health advice and try to protect our communities.

But yesterday you announced a new and urgent government Public Health policy with no action by the government to deliver it.  You created the conditions where these venues are forced to remain open while simultaneously requesting that the public do not go to them. This is not a policy at all. If Public Health demands that these venues should not be used, Public Health demands that the government should act to close them. You cannot ask Grassroots Music Venues and the thousands of people who work in them to pay the cost of a Public Health policy decision that the government needs to take.

Without a direct decision by the government that Grassroots Music Venues should close, these cultural spaces are opened up to unmanageable risks. Those with insurance cannot claim on it. Those with lease agreements based on trade are in breach of their contracts. Rent, mortgage, rates, VAT, Tax, wages will have to be paid and the entire liability falls on the individual venue operator. We work with those venue operators every day; your announcement has provoked a new public health crisis of unmanageable stress and mental health challenges among this community that was completely unnecessary and could have been avoided.

Prior to your statement yesterday, Music Venue Trust supplied a full breakdown to the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport detailing the financial cost of mothballing these venues for temporary closure in a planned and constructed action. That action would see them protected and able to reopen when this crisis is over. We laid out the cost for you; £11.4million now to protect the supply chain, people’s jobs, homes, businesses, and £3.7 million per week to maintain them while they are closed. For eight weeks, the total cost would be less than £40 million.

Maybe £40 million sounds like a lot to protect 661 Grassroots Music Venues to some people reading this letter. We aren’t sticking our hand up begging to be a special case, we understand this is a crisis. But we are providing you with logical consequences of acting on public health advice in the short term and how to manage the impact of that decision making in the long term. To help the government do that, we provided information to your government on a range of measures you could enact which would reduce and manage this demand on the public purse.

But let’s imagine you didn’t take any of that advice, and it was £40 million. Let’s imagine that in all the other things you are needing to do there is no additional budget at all to protect culture and creative industries. Let’s imagine that you stood up yesterday knowing that this sector could be protected and public health could be protected for £40 million for eight weeks and you didn’t know where it could come from. Let’s imagine that you currently think you have no choice.

We want to propose a simple solution and give you that choice: Cancel the 2022 Festival of Great Britain.

The government has committed £120 million to delivering an event that no one in the public has demanded, and many sectors of the public simply do not want. It has little backing in the cultural and creative industries and is neither urgent nor necessary. The entire Grassroots Music Venue sector can be mothballed for eight weeks and saved permanently for just one third of the money you have already allocated to this single event. With the remaining £80 million we would strongly urge you to create a Cultural Sector Hardship Relief Fund. That fund could take action on grassroots theatres, arts centres, community pubs, any space that is a vital hub of culture and social interaction in our communities.

Music Venue Trust has provided you with all the information you need to take action. We have laid out the challenges, proposed the solutions, and tried to work with the government on positive action to manage an immediate public health crisis with long term, structured, achievable solutions. We remain committed to doing that and want you to work with us. The solution is simple, adds nothing to the demands on the public purse and will work:

Cancel the Festival of Britain 2022. Save Britain’s Grassroots Culture.   


Mark Davyd

CEO, Music Venue Trust


Proper Gander : Liverpool’s Underground Music Scene Is In Rude Health | Features | Clash Magazine

Liverpool’s Underground Music Scene Is In Rude Health

It most certainly is, we could list at least ten artists who are making moves at the moment and ten more who are bubbling under- the beauty of the scene as a whole right now, is it’s made up of multitude of genres.

— Read on


Number three in the series – The Peach Fuzz.

Working with James Skelly/Skeleton Key Recs ain’t no bad thing. Having watched their development and hearing how they have nailed their sound recently, their future is most definitely bright.

The band are among a clutch of  Liverpool bands/artists who are set to break through over the next six months.

In fact, Liverpool hasn’t been in such rude health, musically, for quite some time…





Hi I’m Natty and I’m the singer in The Peach Fuzz.


Well, we’ve just released our second single ‘Pieces’, which was played by Steve Lamacq on Radio 6 this week. We’re about to play a few really cool gigs in December that we’ve been rehearsing new music for, working closely with BBC Introducing and Radio X, before we head out on our first UK Headline tour in March.


Before all that we’re in Parr Street Studios with James Skelly again, recording our third single, which we really wanna release before the end of the year.

What else is there to do?


You can find our music in all the usual places online; Spotify etc. We’re on all the usual socials too like insta or whatever… listen first, then look… hopefully u guys dig our music.

Stay peachy Natty X





The second in our series of Who,What,When,Where,Why, How?

We give the artist a blank slate to tell us, and your good selves, what they’re up to at the moment, in any way they see fit, using the 6 prompts.


I’m Ali Horn, I’ve been playing second fiddle in bands for years until I finally decided it was my place front and centre.


It Wears Off’ my latest E.P. A varied collection of the inner workings of my brain. Topics broached are mundane life stuff, love and the afterlife seen through the eyes of an eternal pessimist. A good handful of suicide thrown in the mix too. All hidden underneath beautifully textured tracks.


It comes out 22nd November on Rooftop records // Funnel Music


I’m currently in my studio on the 13th floor of a tower block overlooking Sefton on a beautiful Mersey morning.


A question that I asked myself a few years ago when starting this project that completely changed my view on songwriting and my place in music.


With a little help from my friends, a lot of help from Chris Taylor and Carl Hunter and a distinct lack of care for my own personal health.

Get tickets for his headline show HERE






Mental Health: Reach Out

Two amazing organisations on the radar this week – Music Support – Who provide support for those working in any area of the Music Industry.

In their own words – BY THE INDUSTRY FOR THE INDUSTRY Music Support is a registered charity founded and run by people from the UK music industry, for individuals in any area of the UK music industry suffering from mental, emotional and behavioural health disorders (including but not limited to alcohol and drug addiction).

So if you work in the music industry and you are feeling the strain from touring, partying or coming home from tour and wondering how your toaster works,  if any of this strikes a chord, or you just want to talk to someone who knows how you feel – clink the link and reach out.

And an organisation closer to home TheMindMap

In their own words –

Mental health – good or bad, we all have it.

But our research with universities, the NHS, Imperial College London, service users and scientists shows young people don’t feel they have the support they need.

We are an innovative Profit for Purpose Social Enterprise, navigating individuals and organisations aged 16-30 and beyond to better mental health through journalism, signposting, therapy and Mental Health First Aid Training.

By aligning action with awareness, we are promoting a New Normal where people can talk openly about their emotions, as comfortably as they’d talk about last night’s game or the latest TV series. Our team is made up of industry leading mental health researchers, BACP accredited psychotherapists, journalists and Mental Health First Aid instructors.

We recycle the economy by reinvesting our profits back into our community, supporting those who have the most need and making therapy available to anyone regardless of circumstances.

Our innovative approach to easing access to mental health support is informed by our team’s lived experience and a three-year research project. Our latest quantitative study into current online mental health provisions showed a staggering 88.5% of students at Liverpool John Moores University felt that there were not enough online provisions available. 37% rated the support they encountered as ‘poor’ and 43% responded it was ‘ok’. To also help us uncover the mental health needs of young people we run workshops at organisations including the NHS, Merseyside Youth Association, Edge Hill University and the National Citizens Service. Out of that was born our ‘World of Wellbeing’ concept. A holistic approach where in our resources section exercise, nutrition, employment and money support is provided alongside a map with all the free mental health services in your locality.


Whatever your reason, reach out to your friends, talk about your mental health and if you feel you need professional help – the two organisations above are a good place to start.

Or try the links below.



Bye Louis – Debut EP – The Same Boy

Bye Louis is due to release his debut EP – The Same Boy – on Emotion Wave – you can now pre order via Bandcamp.

Bye Louis also plays Deeper Cuts festival on Sat 13th July along with fellow Emotion Wavers – Lo Five & Foxen Cyn & a load of other music spread across Phase One, Kazimier Gardens & The Stockroom – all for a mere 10 pounds.

Use the link below to pre order

Dip your toe in here –